Hello, darlings! Welcome back to #LumSquad, a podcast hosted by @LumRanmaYasha and @ProdTally devoted to the wonderful and wacky world of Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura!

That’s right, we’re not a one-and-done nor were we meant to be an annual show… even though it has in fact been a year since our last episode. I apologize for that unexpected year-long hiatus, which is entirely my fault. ^^,

From here on out, I’m hoping to resume production on #LumSquad with AC on our originally proposed monthly schedule. It’s definitely a shame to have such a large gap between the release of the first episode and the second, but hey, it took the Urusei Yatsura manga a year and a half of irregular serialization until it became a proper long-running series, so you can think of our first episode as a pilot and this second episode onward as the real beginning of our regular podcast!

Since we covered the manga on our first episode, for our second installment we’re diving deep into the anime! We explore the anime’s production history, how the show changes over its run, the incredible production staff and vocal talent on the show, and tons more! Plus, we rant about Mamoru Oshii’s influence and question common assertions made about the show’s quality, while sharing some thoughts on the show’s eclectic musical score. To top it off, we answer a ton of fan questions, and talk about our favorite episodes of the show! All in all, we spend two and a half hours discussing the anime, and we’ve barely even scratched the surface of stuff we plan to cover in future episodes! 

Thank you guys so much for being patient with this and looking forward to more #LumSquad! We received a lot of enthusiasm for the first episode and a lot of people asking about when the second would come out over the past months, and I hope you’ll enjoy this episode enough to forgive the wait! 

And hey, if you don’t want to wait another month for our third episode, check out our recent Manga Mavericks episode on the Urusei Yatsura manga with special guest Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast, which was a ton of fun and also very informative about the early days of the UY fandom in North America back in the 90s! It’s available on our Patreon now and will be uploaded on our main feed on Sunday, April 19th!


00:00 – Intro & Updates
02:32 – An Introduction to the Anime
06:19 – Lum’s Love Song
09:06 – Shinobu Miyake: A Character Analysis
15:32 – The Shift From Two-Story to Single-Story Episodes
19:33 – The Cultural Impact of the Anime
29:51 – Urusei Yatsura in the U.S.
37:18 – Specials
39:30 – How the Anime Changed Over Time
41:47 – Mamoru Oshii, Kentaro Yamazaki, and the Production Staff of Urusei Yatsura
1:07:12 – Our History with the Anime


1:26:22 – Our Thoughts on the Tachiguishi and Backdoor Pilots
1:30:40 – “Which Animation Style Do You Prefer: Pierrot or Dean?”
1:32:44 – Cindy and the Musical Talent of Urusei Yatsura
1:36:24 – “Do You Think Urusei Yatsura Would Ever Work as a Live-Action TV Show?”
1:41:35 – Urusei Yatsura Hentai
1:43:13 – “Was There Any Episode You Didn’t Like Initially, but Liked It the Second Time (or Vice-Versa)?”
1:57:00 – “Do You Guys Think the Relationship Between Lum & Ataru is Different Between the Manga and the Anime?”
2:01:05 – “Least Favorite Episode?”
2:08:00 – “What Period of the Show Do You Enjoy the Most?”
2:10:15 – “What is Urusei Yatsura’s Popularity in Japan?”
2:11:58 – Ataru Moroboshi, Ryo Saeba, and 80s Anime Protagonists
2:14:18 – Library Availability of Urusei Yatsura
2:15:40 – “What Would You Change About the Anime if You Could?”
2:21:05 – Our Favorite Episodes of Urusei Yatsura

2:34:43 – Wrap-Up & Future Plans

Music Featured:

“Main Motif (Theme)” from Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, by Masaru Hoshii and Keiichi Oku
“Kokoroboisona” from Jam Trip: Urusei Yatsura (Vol. 1)
“Uchuu wa Tai Hen Da! DA DA Mix” from Shudai-ka Best 10 Remix ~ Dance Tracks

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @Lum_Squad, on tumblr at lumsquad.tumblr.com, and subscribe to us on Youtube! You can follow the hosts on twitter at @LumRanmaYasha and @ProdTally. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! If there are any topics, series or mangaka you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at lumsquadpod@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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